Tetsuro Shimaguchi

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Most of you will probably recognize Tetsuro Shimaguchi as MIKI from the Crazy 88’s in Quentin Tarantino’s KILL BILL Vol. 1. Tetsuro Shimaguchi is a master Samurai Sword Artist pursuing mixed styles such as beauty of form, acting, and martial arts. He was born in the Saitama prefecture of Japan and graduated from Nihon University College of Arts. After an extensive career in kabuki and other types of theater, he has established and now leads Kengishu Kamui. In addition to his accomplishments as an actor in KILL BILL Vol. 1, he also directed and co-choreographed the award winning Crazy 88 fight scene.

Ranked #1 in 2017 by Collider Website for The Best Fight Scenes of the 21st Century, Collider continues by saying “This isn’t just one of the greats of the 21st century; it’s one of the best fight scenes of all time. Every single fight in Kill Bill Vol. 1 is pretty much a masterpiece. Tarantino recruited legendary martial arts choreographer Yuen Woo-ping and sword fight choreographer Tetsuro Shimaguchi for the film and the results are the kind that go down in movie history.”

In 2012, Tetsuro established the original samurai dojo, “Kengido”, to protect and preserve Samurai culture. Since then he’s been expanding it throughout Japan and into other countries such as Italy, Poland, Lithuania and the US.